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Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure Program

Developing tourism infrastructure.

Program Overview

The Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure (TDDI) program provides monetary investment on a matched dollar-for-dollar basis, to develop tourism infrastructure, ensuring that the benefits of any government investment can be multiplied across the sector. In particular the program supports projects that contribute to achieving the Commonwealth Government's Tourism 2020 objectives.
At a glance

 

Potential funding

Funding from the Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure Program will generally be limited to $250,000 to $750,000, with at least equal funding from another source, excluding other Commonwealth funding. Projects of greater or lesser value will be considered subject to merit. In-kind contributions are not accepted as part of the funding contribution.

Eligibility
Applicants must:
  • be an incorporated body or have an auspice organisation
  • have the ability to meet the matched funding requirement ($1 for every $1 granted) and provide evidence confirming other funding sources
  • provide financial reports for the last three financial years to enable the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) to conduct a financial risk assessment.

More eligibility criteria

Program Overview 

The Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure (TDDI) program provides monetary investment on a matched dollar-for-dollar basis, to develop tourism infrastructure, ensuring that the benefits of any government investment can be multiplied across the sector.  In particular the program supports projects that contribute to achieving the Tourism 2020 objectives.

Funding from the TDDI Program will generally be limited to $250,000 to $750,000, with at least equal funding from another source.  In-kind contributions are not accepted as part of the funding contribution.

Successful projects must be completed by the end of the 2017-18 financial year. 

Eligibility criteria

The TDDI funding is available to:

  • tourism related businesses
  • investors
  • local governments
  • tourism associations
  • State Government bodies. 
Applicants are encouraged to seek comment from the local Regional Tourism Board or Destination Melbourne, in respect to how their project will align to local priorities. Funded projects should create and encourage visitation to a destination and to assist the tourism industry in meeting Tourism 2020 targets.  Eligible projects, and examples for each, include:
  • environmental – the development or enhancement of natural assets such as protected and recreational areas, public spaces such as beaches and parks and walking trails
  • built – such as mixed-used facilities, convention facilities, cultural institutions, entertainment and sporting facilities, city/town precincts and tourist attractions
  • transport – such as roads, rail networks, ports and airports
  • enabling – such as tourism networks, plans and feasibility studies, and programmes to improve industry capability and capacity (eg destination management planning, business planning, workforce development, cultural awareness, digital product development)

Before applying

Prior to submitting an application, prospective applicants are advised to:

  • read the Guidelines carefully to establish eligibility
  • discuss the proposed application with a Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources officer and (where relevant) the local Regional Tourism Board or Destination Melbourne
  • identify the alignment of the project with the relevant eligibility criteria and Tourism 2020 priorities
  • demonstrate return on government investment
  • read the Terms and Conditions upon which the funding will be offered. 
Download theTourism Demand Infrastructure Program 2016 Guidelines (DOCX 42.61 KB)DOCX icon 

Download the Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure Program Project Plan Template (DOCX 16.58 KB)DOCX icon

Download the Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure Program - Frequently Asked Questions (DOCX 20.42 KB)DOCX icon

Tips and hints

In preparing the applications, prospective applicants will be asked to address each of the following criteria:

  1. project readiness
  2. demonstrated need (the project would not occur or would take much longer without this funding)
  3. availability of co-funding
  4. capacity to deliver the project
  5. alignment with regional, state and national priorities
  6. demonstration of return of government investment.

The evidence supplied to support the alignment with these criteria will be evaluated.
Meeting the eligibility and assessment criteria does not guarantee that an offer of funding will be made as funds are limited.

How to apply 

Prospective applicants should use their application to clearly and succinctly describe the purpose and objectives of the project.  Applications must be signed by the Chief Executive Officer or equivalent.

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